Tuesday 26 September 2017

Fennelly Report: Shatter declines to say whether he has 'full confidence' in Attorney General Maire Whelan

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter has declined to say whether he has “full confidence” in Attorney General Máire Whelan following the publication of the Fennelly report.

But Mr Shatter confirmed that he will not support a motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny, whose has faced criticism over his decision to dispatch former Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell to the home of the then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

While the report found that Mr Kenny did not sack Mr Callinan, his decision to dispatch Mr Purcell on March 24 was the “immediate catalyst” for Mr Callinan’s decision to step down.

Both Mr Kenny and Ms Whelan are facing motions of no confidence when the Dáil resumes.

The report by Mr Justice Nial Fennelly found that Mr Shatter was not informed by the AG about the recording of telephone calls in and out of garda stations.

Asked today whether he has “full confidence” in Ms Whelan, Mr Shatter declined to say.

But he said he will not be supporting the Opposition in their motion of no confidence in the Taoiseach.

There is absolutely no possibility that I will be voting in favour of them Opposition,” he told RTE’s ‘This Week’ programme.

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